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Woman deemed world's oldest person dies at 116 in US

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jeralean Talley, a 116-year-old woman deemed the world's oldest person, died Wednesday.

INKSTER, Michigan (AP):

A 116-year-old woman deemed the world's oldest person has died in Michigan.

Jeralean Talley died Wednesday at her home in the Detroit suburb of Inkster. Her daughter, Thelma Holloway, confirmed the death.

Holloway said yesterday her mother was recently hospitalised and treated for fluid in her lungs, but was grateful to return home, "just where she wanted to be".

Talley turned 116 last month. She celebrated at her church and a local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Gerontology Research Group considered Talley to be the world's oldest person, based on available records, followed by Susannah Jones of Brooklyn, New York. The group says Jones turns 116 in July.

Talley was born in Georgia in 1899. Her husband died in 1988 at age 95.